Article: Selecting the right Duck Call
Author: Nick Schwarz
July 17, 2006
Today (Oct 2005) I
purchased a RNT Daisy Cutter Duck Call from Sportsmanís
Warehouse. Iíve had my eye on this for over a year. I picked it
up for $124.95. It comes with a nice bag, care instructions, and
a spare cork board & reed. Typically these list at $135.00, but
I found it on sale. Mine is the black acrylic. Okay, hereís what
- Acrylic is preferred as it provides a more crisp, clear
and well traveled sound
- RNT knows their stuff! They are clearly one of, if not
the premiere providers of duck calls.
- I picked up around 10 calls today and tried them out.
There is a noticeable difference between them all. And, the
Daisy Cutter was the easiest for me to blow. It has a good
mix of Ďraspinessí and high hail call ability. Basically,
it could extend from a low note to a high, loud call.
- I hunt ducks primarily in an open slough surrounded by
crop land. When we see ducks in the distance, we have to
Ďget on the hornsí to coax them in. I also do some hunting
along a wooded river. This call could meet both of my needs.
- As I tried each call, I made note of what I liked and
didnít like. When I picked up the Daisy Cutter, I was nearly
blown away (as to how much better it fit me versus the other
- I chose the black one Ė itís pretty cool with the
engraving and black is a personal preference for call color
Call selection is a personal thing. Itís like buying a new
pair of jeans. There is not rule of thumb that everyone can live
by to make their selection. You must try on what fits you.
Simply go to a store where you can try them out and blow them
all Ė donít be shy. Iíve heard worse callers in the field. At
least if you suck it up in the store, you are trying to improve
(and you arenít scaring away the waterfowl). Really, you have to
trust me on this Ė swallow your pride, goto a store and blow 10
calls. Also, set your budget before you try the calls. I found
some poly carb RNT calls for $20-30 that we superb and a Mic
Lacey acrylic that was awesome too!